Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sorry about that

Okay, that last post may have been the most boring and pointless ever.
Unless you count most of my other ones.

But my point is you may also be bored with the video below, unless you care about the country or something...

20 Comments:

At Sat Sep 27, 02:30:00 PM PDT, Blogger blogball said...

This grumpy guy Cafferty has had it out for Palin from the start. If he is so wise why didn’t he see the bounce that Palin would give McCain’s campaign when she was first nameded as VP? Take a look at this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKGS1wYBfNs he actually says “this ballgame could be over” Little did he know. By the way here is Biden talking with Katie Couric http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glrnb_G34E4 I guess he forgot Hoover was President not Roosevelt when the market crashed in 1929 and also thought there were TVs in all the homes of America at that time. Can you imagine if Palin said this?? Where is Cafferty on this one?

 
At Sat Sep 27, 03:04:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

This blogball is an astute fellow!

 
At Sat Sep 27, 10:15:00 PM PDT, Blogger Left Coast Sister said...

She is frightful with a weird mid- Western accent. yikes & more yikes.

 
At Sat Sep 27, 11:05:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

Sarah or me? I am weird and I have a mid-Western accent. Gosh...

 
At Sat Sep 27, 11:19:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

Blogball, I suppose it was only a matter of time that the media (CNN in particular) would find a match for the video where Obama suggested we air up our tires to help lower the price of oil. The media is getting ugly out there!

 
At Sun Sep 28, 09:19:00 PM PDT, Blogger Cal said...

Just a quick note on Biden's TV/Crash remarks... sure, that was a bit lame. But I suspect he was remembering/referring to the banking crisis, which was peaking just as FDR took office... where he did exactly what Biden said, showing leadership by closing the banks for a time and then explaining to the people what happened, why he did what he did, and what would happen next. As to TV vs. radio, a number of his fireside chats were also shown in newsreels, so it's likely he did say it on camera before the american people. I guess my point is that while he obviously suffered a brain glitch in making his comments, and yeah, he blew it, he WAS making a valid point based on a knowledge and understanding of applicable history. I submit that the same cannot be said of Palin's comments.

Finally, the key bit of context to put this in is that Biden has taken hundreds of questions in scores of interviews-- he's talking without a script in front of the press constantly-- so a glitch here and there is almost inevitable, or at least defensible. Over the same period, Palin has been interviewed twice (her love-fest with Sean Hannity doesn't count ("governor, some people feel Obama is the most deplorable person in the world, while others feel he is no more or less deplorable than other democrats... tell me, what do YOU think?")) and both times have been cringe-worthy demonstrations she is far out of her league.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 10:03:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

Like someone mentioned, and I have to also wonder, if this woman were ugly and 190 pounds, would she have lasted 10 seconds after the first interview? But regardless of that, if she was "auditioning" for anything other than vice president of the United States, running with the oldest contender ever---a man with a foot edging toward the grave---this would be so much less critical. It would just be kind of funny instead of kind of funny and terrifying at the same time.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 10:14:00 PM PDT, Blogger blogball said...

Cal, My main point is there seems to be a double standard with the press when a candidate makes a mistake.
Here is another example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEIzEfm6N6Q

To me these are just normal mistakes that I think anybody could make on what I’m sure is an exhaustive schedule. But just ask yourself if this was McCain making these same blunders.
Don’t you think there would be just a little more made of it besides some guy puting a funny clip on You Tube?

 
At Sun Sep 28, 10:26:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

But, Jay Are, dear, Obama isn't running for a vice-presidency; he is running for the most powerful seat in the world and do you think he is qualified? Eek. From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator, to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan. 143 days -- I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that. In contrast, John McCain's 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military service including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride. Think about IT!!! Little Sarah is only running for VP.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 10:40:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

I know this wasn't addressed to me, but making a mistake is one thing. Mis-speaking or stumbling over a name or some such thing (like, for instance, when McCain couldn't pronounce Iran's president's name)---in no way compares to having little of substance to say. Having an entire sentence---sentence after sentence, actually---of "stuff" that doesn't make sense and doesn't answer the question is just in a different ballpark.

Double standard? How about if it were found out that Obama had a witch hunter pray over him, blessing him and driving out the demons? I have a feeling we'd be hearing TONS about that.

Ah, politics. Silly season is for sure. And divisive season and even vicious season sometimes. Goodness. Group hug.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 10:54:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

oh yeah, and I just read the "143 day" thing on some commentary somewhere. I much prefer the idea of someone who is so obviously well-informed and capable, who can think on his feet and for himself after only 143 days. Impressive, really. Even so, McCain might've given me pause and made it a tough choice if he hadn't picked Little Sarah. When you're gonna be 72 and have had multiple health issues, your VP choice is suddenly quite important.

(are you sitting back and laughing, Bryan, at the circus you started :) I notice it's pretty quiet over in your corner).

 
At Sun Sep 28, 11:16:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

Ah, little Sarah would just call in that good-lookin' Mitt Romney to help her and we would be okay! (Is McCain sick?)
And Bryan, quit laughin' over there.
(I am tryin' to practice my midWestern accent. I'll try to start saying Sundee and Mondee too.)

 
At Sun Sep 28, 11:33:00 PM PDT, Blogger Cal said...

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At Sun Sep 28, 11:44:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

I really do want her hairstyle tho. The glasses are okay but it's the hair I want. Wish it was something I could order.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 11:47:00 PM PDT, Blogger Cal said...

(oops, fat-fingered typo alert; re-posting...)

Hey BB,

No argument that much of the media lean left; but plenty of mainstream outlets do not (Fox, WSJ, Christian Science Monitor, US News, Chicago Trib, etc.), so there are plenty of places for any comparable Obama or Biden gaffes to get play, and they do.

I agree with Jay Are that the bloopers in the clip you reference are not comparable.

What's going on with Palin is that people are looking for some assurance that she has the intellectual depth and critical thinking skills she would need to lead the country should it become necessary. Obama-- while his resume is light-- has repeatedly demonstrated that he's intelligent and thoughtful, with nuanced positions grounded in in-depth analysis. Sarah has not, and in this case her answer was so weak and so incoherent, it suggests the problem wasn't communication or articulation... it was indicative of a profound lack of depth in her grasp of the issue. That is significantly more newsworthy in a candidate than a mispronunciation here and there.

Jay Aitch, the PRIMARY duty of the vp is to be able to become president should the need arise. That's why the constitutional qualifications for vp are the same as those for president. And as Jay Are says, in this case--where the top of the ticket is a 72-year-old cancer survivor, the oldest person ever seeking a first term--the chances of Sarah becoming president are higher than for any VP in recent memory.

 
At Sun Sep 28, 11:47:00 PM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

Well, Cal, she seemed to do okay as a mayor and governor. She was stuck for an answer in that one video but surely we can't base all her expertise on that, can we?

 
At Mon Sep 29, 10:12:00 AM PDT, Blogger jay are said...

if she was only stuck for an answer on one question, I guess no one would be talking about it. 'Fraid it's a bit deeper than that.

 
At Mon Sep 29, 11:52:00 AM PDT, Blogger jay aitch said...

I would seriously be interested in hearing about her other ignorances or faux pas. Could someone please list them?

 
At Mon Sep 29, 01:00:00 PM PDT, Blogger bryan torre said...

well, dang, folks! one little no-effort post, and now look...

obviously, i agree with Cal, Jay Are, et al: she is as well-positioned to become president as any VP i can think of off the top of my head, and she appears to be woefully unprepared...

 
At Mon Sep 29, 01:24:00 PM PDT, Blogger blogball said...

I'm looking forward to the debate on Thursday.

 

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